Acknowledge, improvise, adapt, and overcome. The Marines’ slogan is “Improvise, adapt, and overcome.” I add”Acknowledge” because it is implied in improvisation; if you’re going to improvise, you must first recognize what it is you are improvising in response to. This is an exercise in mindfulness.
Standing up in the face of adversity is a skill set that can be learned. There can be so many distractions though; don’t ignore them. Manage them. Leverage them.
Acknowledge, but don’t dwell
To acknowledge your circumstances ... Continue Reading →
We all hear about “Bad Habits” like smoking etc. What about “Good Habits?” Do those exist? Yes! Exercise, eating healthy, practicing meditation, just to name a few. But since the squeaky wheel gets the grease, we should look into how to move beyond those ‘bad’ habits.
When it comes to habits, not all are bad
The ones that are not healthy need to be replaced with either new healthier habits, or healthier versions of the habit itself. For example, if you are ... Continue Reading →
First, let me clarify something rather important: Motivation is NOT always necessary for healthy action to take place. I know that this may sound odd, but once you understand it, it can be quite comforting and encouraging.
We all know that there are times, especially if we feel depressed, anxious or stressed-out where we just don’t feel like messing with things. . . we may know that it would be in our interest to do these things, but ... Continue Reading →
Discomfort wants you to feel better. But when it comes to not getting things done, we can be extremely creative about feeling good about it. Does this sound familiar, “To be at my most productive, I need some down time, so I’ll just sleep in. . .”?
When you are living life out-of-balance, your mind and/or body begins to tell you with discomfort of one type or another (sickness, soreness, panic attacks, anxiety, etc). Remember, if you ignore an imbalance, you ... Continue Reading →
When it comes to not getting things done, we can be extremely creative about feeling good about it. Does this sound familiar, “To be at my most productive, I need some down time.” Or, “Sleep is really important, so I’ll just sleep in today . . .”
It’s when you wait until later to get something done that you know would be more useful to finish up in the now. We are more likely to do this when we are not ... Continue Reading →
Gratitude and optimism are related in that each requires the seed of the other. Even when you are suffering, if you can find something, no matter how small, to be grateful for, you are more likely to see opportunities to make things better.
Gratitude is sometimes called “Counting your blessings.” My mom used to say that when I was bummed out, but I never quite understood it. Now that I do, it seems so simple!
Living with gratitude
To live with gratitude takes ... Continue Reading →
- Trouble falling asleep? or staying asleep?
- Do you wake up throughout the night?
- Is your mind racing too fast to sleep?
- Have your sleepless nights impacted you job? Family? Friendships?
Laying awake at night can be infuriating. It can keep you fuming about what happened today, and worrying about what may, or may not, happen tomorrow.
We’ve all been there . . . you get up in the morning, startled by the alarm; you had finally fallen asleep when it started screaming at you! Grumbling ... Continue Reading →
Self-love is not selfish!
- Struggling with feelings of worthlessness? Like you just don’t matter to anybody, including yourself?
- Noticing that you have been more negative about how you experience others?
- Feeling less empowered? Almost as if there isn’t enough of ‘you’ to go around?
- Are you feeling depressed and/or anxious?
Along with optimism, self-esteem can be practiced and improved. Moving towards what we do want, instead of only away from what we don’t, we can see how the brain wants us to go ... Continue Reading →